"Writing the Written" (2000)

"Writing the Written," 2000
Vegetable color, dry pigment, watercolor, tea, on hand prepared Wasli paper, 8 x 5 1/2 inches
Photo by Tom Powel
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

"Some of the things become clearer, especially in borders...I was looking at text which accompanies miniatures. The text exists because miniatures come out of manuscripts and book illustration. But here the text becomes more like horses or there’s the suggestion of movement, and that aspect is my experience of reading the Koran where I would read it with no particular understanding because I was a child. I could read Arabic, but I couldn’t understand it and the memory of it is this amazing visual memory where the beauty of the written word supersedes everything else."

- Shahzia Sikander